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"Creating Dynamic Still Life Paintings in Oil" (May 2024) with Adam Clague

with Instructor ADAM CLAGUE

Monday to Wednesday
(9am to 4pm)
May 13, 14, 15, 2024
Art League Academy
(106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC)

Still life painting can be highly rewarding, but it can also be intimidating. Perhaps your past attempts to paint fruit have looked flat and formless. Maybe the colors in your flowers have appeared "chalky" or "muddy." Perhaps you've struggled to arrange a good still life in the first place! If these difficulties sound familiar, you are not alone. I'm excited to show you how to conquer these challenges and many more in this information-packed workshop. 

You'll learn how to…

• Identify the colors in your subject with the 3 Questions for Correct Color

• Capture even the most subtle colors with my 6 Guidelines for Mixing Color

• Make fruit and other objects look 3-D and not flat

• Create forms that look properly rounded with "warms" and "cools"

• Draw your viewer's eye from across the room with the 5 Principles for Powerful Paintings

• Avoid "chalky" or "muddy" color

• Arrange dynamic still life setups with confidence

I'll begin each morning by sharing vital principles for portrait painting. Then, I'll demonstrate those concepts in action as I paint from life. I'll verbalize my thoughts and show you my process. Each afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to paint from a life as I offer one-on-one assistance and critiques. Please join me for a wonderful time of fun and learning!

-Adam Clague

NOTE: Don't miss out on Adam's 1-Day workshop Plein Air Painting the Landscape immediately following this 3-Day workshop designed for intermediate and advanced oil painters. Read More or Sign up for it by clicking here.

SKILL LEVEL: This 3-Day In-Studio workshop is designed for beginner students, intermediate students and advanced students. The instructor has limited the size to ensure that this type of workshop style will be the most beneficial for every student.-

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If a class or workshop is canceled by Art League of Hilton Head a full refund will be given.

Materials Included: No materials are included in this class.
Requirements: SUPPLIES LIST:

Click HERE for a printable PDF of the CREATING A DYNAMIC STILL LIFE PAINTING IN OIL supplies list.

NOTE: I'll be using Rosemary & Co. brushes, Rembrandt and Gamblin oil paints, and Gatorfoam panels that I prime with Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Gesso or Gamblin Oil Ground. However, please feel free to use any quality brands and surface types.

(Feel free to replace cadmiums with "permanent" colors)

- Please Bring: Cadmium red light or medium, permanent alizarin crimson, cadmium lemon, cadmium yellow medium, yellow ochre, transparent oxide red or burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, viridian, titanium white.
-Optional Colors: Cadmium orange, Gamblin transparent orange, ivory black
(I use these occasionally)

1. At least 3 bristle flats or filberts ranging from small to large (sizes 1-12 or so)
2. At least 3 softer flats or filberts (such as sable, mongoose or synthetic) ranging from small to large (sizes 1-12 or so)
3. 1 or 2 small bristle rounds or riggers for details (sizes 0-2)

Please bring at least 1 surface for each day. Sizes can range from 8"x10" to 12"x16".

1. I would like everyone to use Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits, but please also bring a natural thinner such as artist's linseed oil or artist's safflower oil in case someone has a sensitivity to Gamsol.
2. Airtight brush water container

Please bring a portable easel that stands on the ground, such as a french easel, pochade box, etc. If your easel cannot hold your palette, please bring a small folding table for your palette.

NOTE: If you are traveling and would like to arrange to borrow an aluminum studio easel from Art League Academy, please email ahead of time.

1. Portable Palette (please no paper palettes or palettes with walls and compartments)
2. At least 1 medium-sized palette knife
3. Viva or Blue Carpenter Paper Towels
4. Wide-tipped art markers in these colors: black, 50% gray, 20% gray
5. Sketchbook suitable for ink markers
6. Trash bags for soiled towels
7. Note-taking materials

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Instructor: Adam Clague
Instructor Bio:
ADAM CLAGUE is an impressionist oil painter based in Missouri. Whether Adam is painting a person, place, or plant, he seeks to faithfully capture the beauty of God's creation and to communicate that beauty with his viewers.

Adam is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the American Impressionist Society, and a signature member of the Oil Painters of America. His work has received national and international honors, including Portraiture Award of Excellence at the 2018 OPA Salon Show, Best of Show at the 2016 American Impressionist Society National, and 2nd Honor Award at the 2014 PSoA International. His paintings have been displayed in a variety of venues including the Salmagundi Club in New York City and the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain. Adam enjoys sharing what he has learned as a full-time artist through workshops and through his online video course.

Adam received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pensacola Christian College, where he studied under Brian Jekel. It was at college that Adam met his wife and fellow painter, Andrea Orr Clague. They now live near Kansas City, Missouri with their 2 sons, Gideon and Jaron.

You can visit Adam & Andrea's Website, by clicking HERE

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